Homage to Steichen

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Edward Steichen was an American photographer and painter and even designed the logo and font for the magazine Camera Work, whilst producing work for them between 1903-1917. He was one of the first people to create colour photographs, using a technique called, Autochrome Lumiere. His most celebrated photograph, The Pond-Moonlight (and in 2006, the world’s most expensive photograph at an auction where it sold for $2.9 million dollars) was created differently, by using layers of light sensitive gums. Only three prints are known to exist and because of the nature of the light sensitive gum process, they’re all slightly different, adding to the rarity of each image. Read more about Edward Steichen here. A favourite image of mine is his image of the Flatiron building in New York.

So why the history lesson? Well, one its interesting, and two, I found myself on the riverbank and saw an image in front of me, which immediately made me think of the Steichen, The Pond-Moonlight image. My technique involved not medium format cameras and light sensitive gums, but the NEX 5N + 16mm, taking three exposures and using NIK HDR Pro software.

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